In August 2018 Dr Ina Linge contributed to a plenary panel and discussion on the topic ‘Pitching the Discipline: Where is German in 2018?’ at the Association for German Studies annual conference at Bangor University in Wales. Ina talked about the research and public engagement events organised by the Rethinking Sexology project.
In July 2018 Dr Ina Linge presented a work-in-progress paper at the Animal and Society Summer Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, titled ‘Rethinking the Human: Sexology, Zoology, Literature and Visual Art After Darwin (c.1890-1930)’.
The purpose of the Summer Institute was to bring together Early Careers Scholars working in the area of animal studies. More information about the Summer Institute can be found here: https://www.animalsandsociety.org/tag/summer-institute/
Image: Ina holding one of the non-human animal participants of the Summer Institute.
In April 2018 Dr Ina Linge presented a paper at the British Animal Studies Network conference at Strathclyde (Glasgow), titled ‘Queering Butterflies: On the relationship between sexology and animal genetics, ca. 1920’
The paper discussed the reception of Richard Goldschmidt’s experiments with intersex butterflies by German sexologists in the 1920s to show the significance of animal experiments for (human) sexual politics.
In November 2018 Dr Ina Linge gave a paper at the University of Warwick German Studies seminar, titled ‘The Potency of the Butterfly: Gender, Sexuality and Non-human Animals in German Sexology and the Arts after 1900’.
The talk discussed the Butterfly Dance, pioneered by the American dancer Loïe Fuller (1862 –1928), pictured below, and how it was received in the work of sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld to make claims about the nature and naturalness of sexual desire.
Sarah Jones spoke at ‘What’s Sex Got to Do with It? Gender, Sexuality, & Eugenics’ – the second annual History of Race and Eugenics (HRE) workshop at Oxford Brookes in February 2019.
Her paper is titled The Science of Sexual Pleasure: Eugenics and Sex Advice before 1940.
Jen Grove presented as part of the research seminar series at the Department of Classics, Reading in October 2018. Her paper was titled: “From EP Warren to Alfred Kinsey: Collecting Classical Erotica and Understanding Modern Sexuality in the First Half of the 20th century”.
In October 2018 our PIs Kate Fisher and Jana Funke gave the paper “Global Developments: Tracing the Entangled Histories of Sexual Science and Anthropology” at our project conference Sexology and Development: Exploring the Global History of the Sexual Sciences.
In October 2018 Jen Grove spoke on ‘”Ancient Codes” and “Biologic Norms”: Kinsey’s Uses of Cultural Development Theories and Classical Archaeology’ at our project conference Sexology and Development: Exploring the Global History of the Sexual Sciences.
Jen Grove and Jana Funke presented at the Critically Queer conference, Bristol, September 2018.
Their paper was titled: “Transformations: Co-Producing Knowledge about Gender Identity and Sexual Science”.
On the 25th of September, Dr Sarah Jones gave a paper to Exeter’s History Society, titled ‘”Your Sex Organs are ALIVE!” The Science of Sexual Pleasure in the early Twentieth Century’.